Allen White and Marjorie Kelly discuss the upcoming Summit on the Future of the Corporation that the organization they founded, Corporation 2020, is hosting in Boston on November 13 and 14, 2007. The Summit gathers thought leaders from business, civil society, labor, government, and academia to discuss and plan new corporate structures designed for social, environmental, and financial sustainability.
This conversation, co-hosted by Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon, follows up on CWR’s two-part interview with Allen and Marjorie in June 2006, and also touches on the question of whether legal regulation is the best means of promoting corporate change first addressed on CWR when we spoke with Terry Mollner, a Ben & Jerry’s boardmember and a founding boardmember of Calvert Social Investment Funds.
Guests Marjorie Kelly and Allen White go into more depth on their efforts in Corporation2020 to redesign the corporation. They discuss the need to realign the purpose of the corporation so that it does not undermine societal well-being, and how to ensure that corporations do not undermine human rights — ending the fiction of “corporate personhood” that has enabled corporations to undermine politics and public policy. The show also includes recent success stories in Humboldt County, CA and Franklin County, PA.
Marjorie Kelly, former editor of Business Ethics, and Allen White, a founder and former director of the Global Reporting Initiative, have organized an effort to redesign the corporation. Their new organization, Corporation 2020,brings together business people, experts, academics, investors and stakeholders to reconfigure the corporate form — one in which private interests would be harnessed for, and subservient to, the public good.